My Favorite Summer Reads of 2017


I had a pretty solid summer of reading and I wanted to showcase some of my favorite reads from the summer!  Here are just a few of them.

HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake quickly became a favorite of mine when I devoured it toward the beginning of my summer, in May. We follow two girls, Grace and Eva who meet during the summer and romance ensues. I loved this story so much and I could relate to it a lot. Grace is a bisexual MC and the author herself is bisexual. This was the first book I read that featured a bisexual MC while I was discovering my sexuality. It was definitely a read that helped me to figure out who I am in terms of sexuality.

I was honored to have been sent THE BIG F by Maggie Ann Martin from Maggie herself! Maggie is one of my friends from Booktube and I adore her. I was so glad to have gotten a chance to pre-order her debut novel and read it early! See my review, I loved it!!

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I was able to snag a copy of my most anticipated read of the year, TOP TEN by Katie Cotugno from Bookcon this year. I read it while on the beach and I devoured it! This is another book with a bisexual main character and the f/f romance was excellent & adorable. We meet Gabby and Ryan through flashbacks of their high school journey. Gabby was one of the most relatable characters I have read in a VERY long time. She struggles with social anxiety, as well as the author. Social anxiety is portayed PERFECTLY in this novel, as someone who has social anxiety I respected the representation so much. We also follow Ryan, who is a hockey player and the topic of concussions comes up. I love hockey, so that was just a plus for me!

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A lot of great releases came out this summer. WHAT TO SAY NEXT by Julie Buxbaum was one of my favorite diverse reads that focuses on grief, depression and a character with Asperger’s. I loved reading from David’s perspective and Kit’s depression and grief was a great portrayal, I think it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while. I love Julie’s writing and I knew I’d adore this one!

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I’ve been slacking on reading memoir’s lately, and they’re one of my  favorite genre’s! I picked up BUFFERING: UNSHARED TALES OF A LIFE FULLY  LOADED by Hannah Hart. Hannah is one of my biggest role models and I just adore the hell out of her! She’s so positive and hilarious. I didn’t know much about her life until this book and it just made me love her more. She’s come SOOO far, I’m proud!

 

My summer reading consisted of many gay books that I loved. QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde is a book I picked up on a whim because everyone kept recommending it and I’m there with them! This book was AMAZINGGGG. We follow Charlie and Taylor in dual POV during a convention. Charlie is a Chinese-American bisexual character who is a vlogger and Taylor is a girl with Autism and anxiety. I could relate to Taylor 100% because my anxiety gets in the way during conventions, too. I loooved the f/f romance that Charlie encounters!

Now that summer is over…IT’S TIME FOR AUTUMN!! My favorite season! I can’t wait.

 

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Five YA Books Set in New York


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I’ll be in New York City this weekend for Bookcon 2017! I’m so excited so I thought I would recommend some books that are set in New York! If you’re going to Bookcon and you missed my Tips to a Successful Bookcon 2017 don’t forget to read it, I think I give some good advice. I want to do more of these posts of books set in different cities/countries/etc, let me know if you’d want more!


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I loved the New York City trip in Always and Forever, Lara Jean (third/last book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy) ! It was perfect and I felt like I was there with them! They found the best chocolate chip cookie, got some ice cream and went to the top of the Empire State Building! It was just like the scene out of Sleepless in Seattle 😉

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In Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, we are in NYC in the beginning when Isla gets her wisdom teeth out and the middle for her winter break. I especially love this because we get to see the Macy’s Day parade through Isla and her sisters eyes. As well as being in the NYC atmosphere.

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This is a classic set-in-NYC book and it reads just like the movie! Nick and Norah meet one night in NYC to follow a band and Nick has to be Norah’s fake-boyfriend for the night. It’s a great wild night in NYC!

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I almost forgot this one! :O This is the best set-in-NYC book I’ve read! It takes place in one day in NYC following Natasha and Daniel and the other people they meet plus histories and their families. Daniel is heading to his interview at Yale and Natasha is about to be deported to Jamaica. It’s the story of them meeting and the aftermath that follows.


If you haven’t read these, I highly recommend them!

What’s your favorite book set in NYC?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump


I haven’t done a T5W in so long! This is my first one of 2017. I had to get on this one because #relatable.  I’ve only been in a slump a few times, and so I have books that have cured me, but also some you should read if you are in one!

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1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book is confirmed to get you out of a slump! In September of 2015, I was in a slump where I didn’t even finish reading a book the whole month. Until the next month I picked up this book and I was out of the slump! My friend, Karla also read this and it got her out of a slump!

THIS BOOK HAS 14 MULTIPLE POV, SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT…don’t read this! I loved it but I like multiple POV.

 

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2. PS I LIKE YOU BY KASIE WEST

I’m going to recommend any Kasie West to help a reading slump since they are quick and cute! Personally, this one got me back into reading after a slumpy month where I only read two books.

This one is predictable, but I really liked it! It was my first Kasie West book EVER.

 

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As this may not be the best series in the whole wide YA fiction world, it’s still a good and quick series! Two of the three books are set in summer, the second is set in Winter.

It’s an addictive series and it will definitely get you out of a slump! But, you may really dislike the main character, Isabel “Belly” because she is constantly whining and can’t decide between her two love interests, Conrad and Jeremiah.

 

99728384. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

I feel like David Levithan is my go-to when I am in a reading slump. This book in particular is very quick and short. I recommend it because you could easily read it in one sitting. It follows a boy who thinks he’s being watched when polaroid pictures start showing up of him… The pictures are also included throughout the story which makes it even creepier. Haha!

 

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This book is very fast paced because it’s set during one day. I’m sure you’ve heard about it already, so I’m not going to say too much about the plot. It is a romance with a well-written instalove that you aren’t going to hate.

You are also introduced to the history of hair, and of the MC’s family members. Pick it up if you haven’t and you will be cured of your reading slump..I promise!

 


What book got you out of a reading slump or what do you do when you’re in a slump??

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5 Books to Read If You Like Gilmore Girls


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I recently posted a Gilmore Girls 2.0 Book Tag, and I was thinking of some books that are relatable to the show? It inspired this post, here are five books that you should read (if you haven’t) if you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls! Also, you should just read them anyway. I also posted a video on my channel with this topic and these books.


 

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This is a memoir by Katie Heaney about her love life starting all the way at preschool/kindergarten. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai definitely gets her share of weird dates. Kirk, Rune…Katie and Lorelai could definitely relate to weird dates! Katie goes on a date with a guy who replaces “Buckets!” for curse words. It’s bad and hilarious.

 


Image result for amy and roger's epic detour cover2. Rory + Lorelai’s Road Trip  – Amy and Roger road trip from California to Connecticut (Stars Hollow is in CT!!) and take a detour on the way. They go into hotels with fake names, they get Dairy Queen and even go up to Roger’s college. Remember that episode when they go on a random road trip and go to Harvard? The Gilmore girls are roadtrippers!

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Image result for attachments rainbow rowell cover4. Lorelai’s Witty Sense of Humor – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect book for a GG lover. The setting is an office of a newspaper so RORY and the two characters, Beth and Jennifer remind me so much of Lorelai in the humor sense and they are trying to get their lives on track!

 

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5Image result for why we broke up. Breakups – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is about Min and Ed’s break-up and Min is putting all of Ed’s things in a box. This is so relatable to Rory’s breakup with Dean, especially that she puts a box together of Dean’s belongings or anything that reminds her of him.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it!

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE REVIVAL. WHO IS READY?? 

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